Interview with Phillip Manning

What are you working on next?
A sequel to Mind Game called Blood and Chrome that I've been rolling around in my head. We get some big surprises there as well as an expansion of Silas' world and his past.
Who are your favorite authors?
James Rollins, James Patterson, Walter Moseley, C.S. Lewis and George Orwell (did my senior paper on 1984 in college...Orwell was a genius)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
God, breakfast, bathroom....nah...God and alarm clock
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With my future wife and best friend, Youtube, friends, family, and Netflix (is it bad that I said Youtube before I said friends and family)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Smashwords and word of mouth
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was in the third grade it was silly and interesting
What is your writing process?
I am about to make people think I'm weird, but I write stuff down whenever I think of it...then when I'm alone I act out the parts for the story...all of the parts. So basically I stand in my living room and play several people...sigh I know weird, but it works for me
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I actually do not remember the first story I read, however the biggest impact on my has been the movie Serenity, which led me to discover science fiction, fantasy and comic books. I'd never even seen Star Wars before 2005. The biggest story I've read was The Watson's Go to Birmingham 1963...freaking love that book.
How do you approach cover design?
The free and easy way (is that bad to say?)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Holy Bible- It's the bible
The Watson's Go To Birmingham 1963- One of the first chapter books I read and I just loved it
American Gods- Neil Gaiman is a legend. He mixes myths with American culture and consumerism
All of the Easy Rawlings books- Read one and you will be hooked
All of the Alex Cross Books
(Now I know the last two aren't one book, but so what sue me)
What do you read for pleasure?
The newspaper...seems no one does that anymore, I still like it though
Comic books
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Phone and laptop
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media has helped as well as, oddly enough, flyers.
Describe your desk
It's a cheap folding table from Wal Mart...sigh...ugh...its not very good
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in North Carolina. It didn't influence my writing at all. Going to college and being in a college town did influence me though. It showed me that the way I'd been taught was one of many ways of doing things like being a good person or making money.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing during the end credits of the film Serenity. That movie inspired me soooo much.
Published 2014-03-04.
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